Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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April 28, 2009

National Park Service announces Recovery Act projects

ATLANTA — The National Park Service (NPS) has announced nearly 800 projects totaling $750 million that can be completed across the country with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This major effort includes projects in the agency’s Southeast Region, which includes Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“These projects are an investment in America’s future that will create jobs, stimulate the economies of local communities, and get our country moving again,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said. “They are also an investment in telling the story of America to future generations through our national parks by conserving our awe-inspiring landscapes, our rich culture, and our great heritage.”

“We will use Recovery Act funding to make a difference in parks,” said Acting Director Dan Wenk. “We will fix trails, invest in energy efficient vehicles, build new visitor facilities, cleanup abandoned mine sites, increase our ability to generate power from the sun, and finally complete overdue maintenance on our buildings and roads.”

A full list of National Park Service projects is available at HYPERLINK "" A few examples in the Southeast Region are:

• $2.2 million to stabilize Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park

• $24.3 million to construct, repair or rehabilitate roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

• $700,000 to install a photovoltaic system on the Visitor Center at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

• $75,000 to install solar-powered security lighting in Gulf Islands National Seashore

• $200,000 to restore a boardwalk trail at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park which will increase accessibility to Park resources

‘“This is a wonderful opportunity for several of our National Parks in the Southeast Region to tackle some of their most critical maintenance needs,” said Southeast Regional Director David Vela. “We look forward to putting these funds to good use as we begin to restore some of America’s most valuable natural and cultural treasures.”

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